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Amazon Echo Gen 4 Review

True Score

84
84
15

Experts

91
0

Consumers

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The Amazon Echo Gen 4 pleased testers with its spherical design and easy-to-use companion app. They were satisfied with its sound quality and deep bass levels but felt its missing battery made it much less portable. They also felt its max volume was low and wasn’t ideal for outdoor use.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Amazon Echo Gen 4 is a spherically shaped, mid-tier smart speaker that was first released in 2020. The speaker supports both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, and since it is an Amazon product, it also features built-in support for Amazon Alexa as a voice assistant. It is one of the best speakers in its range for a strong bass output, and it also has an LED ring along its bottom edge that lights up to register a command through Alexa. On its top, there’s also a volume up and down button, as well as an Action and Mic off button. Like most highly rated Bluetooth speakers, the Echo Gen 4 can also be controlled through a companion app (the Alexa app) and configured to work as a speakerphone.

Consensus

our Verdict

Top-tier product testers lauded the Amazon Echo Gen 4 for its spherical design and user-friendly Amazon Alexa app. During their experiments, experts from Rtings could easily make both bass and treble adjustments and noted that it was possible to pair two Echo Gen 4 speakers for stereo output. They also stated that the Gen 4 looked quite similar to the Echo Dot Gen 4 and felt that its sound quality was satisfying for music and videos. Testers from PC Mag were also delighted with its bass levels. Check out our Amazon Echo Studio review if you’d be interested in a speaker that supports Audio and other sound formats.

However, testers complained that its lack of a battery made its portability a bit difficult since it had to be plugged in at all times. They also complained that it doesn’t get very loud and isn’t suitable for outdoor use.

Reason to Buy

  • Supports Bluetooth and WiFi
  • Deep bass levels
  • Supports Alexa voice assistant
  • Controlled through the Alexa app
  • Has a subwoofer

Reason to Avoid

  • No battery included
  • Poor portability
  • Low max volume

Amazon Echo Gen 4 Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life5 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
Charge TimeCharge Time1 hrs 45 min
SizeSize5.30" (h) x 5.69" (w)
Smart AppSmart AppRing
Speaker PairingSpeaker Pairingn/a
Water ResistantWater Resistantn/a
WattageWattage15W
Wireless RangeWireless Range1000 sq ft

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)0
Volume Output (dB)0
Low End Roll Off (Hz)63.496
High End Roll Off (Hz)6,834.38

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Market Context

The Amazon Echo Gen 4 is a spherically shaped, mid-tier smart speaker that was first released in 2020. The speaker supports both Bluetooth and WiFi…

The Amazon Echo Gen 4 is a spherically shaped, mid-tier smart speaker that was first released in 2020. The speaker supports both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, and since it is an Amazon product, it also features built-in support for Amazon Alexa as a voice assistant. It is one of the best speakers in its range for a strong bass output, and it also has an LED ring along its bottom edge that lights up to register a command through Alexa. On its top, there’s also a volume up and down button, as well as an Action and Mic off button. Like most highly rated Bluetooth speakers, the Echo Gen 4 can also be controlled through a companion app (the Alexa app) and configured to work as a speakerphone.

The Amazon Echo Gen 4 features an AUX input while the JBL Flip 5 does not, and it also supports a WiFi connection while the…

The Amazon Echo Gen 4 features an AUX input while the JBL Flip 5 does not, and it also supports a WiFi connection while the Flip 5 does not. On the flip side, the Flip 5 supports a remote smartphone connection while the Echo 4th Gen does not, and it can also be used wirelessly while the Amazon Echo cannot.

The Amazon Echo Gen 4 is the fourth iteration of Amazon’s Echo line of Bluetooth Speakers, and it has a spherical design compared to the…

The Amazon Echo Gen 4 is the fourth iteration of Amazon’s Echo line of Bluetooth Speakers, and it has a spherical design compared to the Amazon Echo Plus 2, which has a cylindrical shape. The Gen 4 also has a mute function that the Echo Plus 2 does not.

The Amazon Echo Gen 4 also has three drivers while the Amazon Echo Gen 3 has only 2, but the Gen 3 has a subwoofer…

The Amazon Echo Gen 4 also has three drivers while the Amazon Echo Gen 3 has only 2, but the Gen 3 has a subwoofer while the Gen 4 does not. However, the Gen 4 has a detachable cable while the Gen 3 does not, and it also features an AUX input that is missing on the Gen 3.

Battery Life

5 hrs

12 hrs

Built In Microphone

Yes

No

Charge Time

1 hrs 45 min

2.5 hrs

Size

5.30" (h) x 5.69" (w)

Smart App

Ring

JBL Portable

Speaker Pairing

n/a

Yes

Water Resistant

n/a

Yes

Wattage

15W

20W

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Score Card

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Expert Score

84

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Customer Score

91

*.25

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True Score

84

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Score

    66
    The Amazon Echo is passable for music. Out-of-the-box, its sound profile is a bit boomy,… read more

    By:

    Alistair Charlton
  • DXO Mark
    98.76

    Category Trust Score

    68
    Amazon’s fourth generation Echo delivers a fairly good audio performance considering its size, with decent… read more

    By:

    David Murphy
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Score

    90
    The fourth-generation Amazon Echo speaker takes the sound quality and smart home hub capabilities of… read more

    By:

    Erika Rawes
  • Tom’s Guide
    68.04

    Category Trust Score

    90
    The Amazon Echo is the most well-rounded smart speaker, and I’m not just talking about… read more

    By:

    Parker Hall
  • Sound Guys
    55.87

    Category Trust Score

    78
    The Amazon Echo (4th gen.) is a great smart speaker for the price as long… read more

    By:

    David Nield
  • Trusted Reviews
    48.27

    Category Trust Score

    100
    Although the same price as the old version, the Amazon Echo (4th Generation) gives you… read more

    By:

    Adam Molina

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